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April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers are a year ahead of schedule. By using a late-season surge to earn a surprising playoff berth and then extending Stanley Cup favorite Washington to six games, young players Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Cousins, and Brandon Manning gained unexpected and invaluable experience. In addition, Vinny Lecavalier's retirement assures them of $2.25 million in increased salary-cap space and could help them land a much-needed top-six forward in the offseason free-agent market. The Flyers (41-27-14)
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April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
When you score a total of five goals, excluding an empty-netter, in a six-game playoff series, you don't need to be Scotty Bowman to assess the Flyers' biggest off-season needs. Here's a look at the team and its wish list heading into next season: Center The Flyers need more scoring here. Put free-agent Steven Stamkos on the Orange and Black, and they would be golden down the middle. But that is probably a pipe dream. David Backes, who can play center or wing but has a bit of mileage on him, is an interesting 6-foot-3, 221-pound free agent who would bump Sean Couturier down to the third line and give the Flyers a quality top three of Claude Giroux, Backes and Couturier.
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April 26, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
After the Flyers were eliminated from their playoff series with the Washington Capitals in a 1-0 loss at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, the home crowd saluted them for their effort. So did the Capitals. Once leading three games to none in the best-of-seven series, the Capitals saw the Flyers earn two consecutive wins. It was the first time all season that Washington lost consecutive games in regulation. And on Sunday, the Flyers were fighting until the end, outshooting the Capitals by 11-6 in the final period.
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April 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers' special teams' failure proved fatal in their series against Washington, which won the opening-round playoff matchup with a 1-0 Game 6 victory Sunday at the electric Wells Fargo Center. With the game scoreless, the Flyers couldn't score on a two-minute five-on-three in the second period, managing just two shots on that power play. "If we don't get through that," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, "this building probably explodes. " "We just had to find a way to get a goal on the power play," captain Claude Giroux said.
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April 26, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE HORN sounded with the puck a few feet from Jake Voracek's stick, his final stride of the season made with resignation, the clock finally expiring on the Flyers season nearly a week after un ugly storm of flung wristbands strongly implied that it already had. A final lull in a game pockmarked by too many of them greeted the sound, the slumped bodies of the 19,925 at Wells Fargo Center mirroring those bent over their sticks out on the ice. Disappointment,...
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April 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Seconds after the game ended, as the Flyers skated toward nearly flawless goalie Michal Neuvirth with their heads bowed, fans at the Wells Fargo Center stood and applauded and chanted. After a loss that ended the Flyers' season. The orange-clad crowd was saluting the Flyers because they had shown resilience - and promise for their future - by squeaking into the playoffs and taking heavily favored Washington to six first-round games. The Flyers' valiant upset bid ended with a 1-0 loss, one that wasn't sealed until Karl Alzner blocked Wayne Simmonds' one-timer with six seconds left.
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April 26, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The end is never easy even when you think it might actually be the start of something good. And so a half hour after his team's season concluded Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss against the more talented Washington Capitals, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol was reluctant to look too far ahead. "I'm disappointed . . . that we're not preparing for Game 7," Hakstol said following his team's six-game elimination by the Caps. "That's the overriding feeling that I have right now. I've been proud of this group all the way through.
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April 26, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
At one end of the Wells Fargo Center ice, the Washington Capitals had begun a celebration tinged with relief, and along the boards near the middle of the rink, Claude Giroux stayed bent over at the waist, not skating, not watching the Capitals rub each other's head and tap each other's stick, not doing much of anything but dwelling. "Not good enough," he said later. "I'm pretty frustrated with myself. Got to find a way. Doesn't matter how it is. Got to find a way. " Six games, and Giroux, the Flyers' captain and leader and most important and complete forward, had not scored a goal.
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April 26, 2016
ROUGHLY 30 MINUTES had elapsed since his first season as an NHL coach ended, and Dave Hakstol was not yet ready to reflect. He did not want to talk about the vast number of positives he would take away from Year 1, nor did he want to talk about the lessons that a six-game series against the best team in hockey had taught him. As he sat at a table in a conference room in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, he could not yet bring himself to turn his...
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April 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Grit and goaltending have carried the Flyers to consecutive harrowing wins, enabling them to fight off elimination and reach Game 6 in their playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. They need more, however, to force a Game 7 against heavily favored Washington. If the Flyers are going to get within one win of equaling their Boston Miracle of 2010 - they lost the first three games in that series before jolting the Bruins en route to the Stanley Cup Finals - they need to have some quality offensive-zone time and need their power play, which is 1 for 21 in the series, to stop looking so disorganized.
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